Today, my blog post is on the Hitop general store. Although every mining town and area had a company store, the store in Hitop is more like Ike Godsey’s general merchandise on the 70’s TV series The Walton’s.
The store in Hitop much like Ike’s store is a gathering place to buy food, hardware, clothing, tools, a place to pick up mail, and a place to pick up news and gossip. Or, a place to come in, chew the fat over some coffee and a game of checkers. In my travels I have visited several general stores such as these examples, and they’re truly a piece of Americana.
The Hitop store of course is a beautiful Blair Line kit, shown here with the proprietor out front talking to local housewife Lois, surrounded by details such as the old pop or soda machine, ice machine, cans of Texaco motor oil, a table on saw horses holding boxes of fresh produce, and the mail box out front. Those old enough to remember will also recognize the S&H green stamps sign on the side of the store. A kit and details that hopefully captures a feeling of rural West Virginia….